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Karnataka: Minister Eshwarappa writes to Guv against CM Yediyurappa; Siddaramaiah demands President’s rule

A day after senior Karnataka BJP minister K S Eshwarappa accused Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa of “serious lapses” in a letter to Governor Vajubhai Vala, Leader of Opposition Siddaramaiah on Thursday demanded President’s rule in the state.

Karnataka Minister Eshwarappa writes to Guv against CM Yediyurappa Siddaramaiah demands Presidents rule-dnm
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Bengaluru, First Published Apr 1, 2021, 1:45 PM IST
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Bengaluru: In a big political development in Karnataka, a sitting minister lodged a complaint against Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa with Governor Vajubhai Vala on Wednesday claiming undue interference by the CM in department matters to favour his kin.

Rural Development Minister KS Eshwarappa, an aide-turned-rival within the BJP for Yediyurappa, in his detailed letter has claimed that the CM has violated multiple rules and procedures on more than one occasion in sanctioning department funds.

The letter has been copied to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP chief JP Nadda.

The minister has accused Yediyurappa of bypassing him to make allocations worth Rs 774 crore from his department.

In his complaint, Eshwarappa has called out Yediyurappa over his “unilateral style of administration” and alleged that no funds have been released for specific projects in the state's 2020-21 budget.

“In the last one and half years, as a minister for RDPR, certain decisions by the CM who is heading the finance department relating to my department without my knowledge has caused deep resentment as a senior minister in the BJP government…” said Eshwarappa in his letter.

Meanwhile, Leader of Opposition Siddaramaiah on Thursday demanded President’s rule in the state, a day after Eshwarappa accused CM Yediyurappa of “serious lapses” in a letter to Governor Vajubhai Vala.

“The allegations made by senior minister Eshwarappa are of serious nature. The Governor should intervene, dismiss the government and recommend for President’s rule (in Karnataka),” the senior Congress leader said in a statement.

Siddaramaiah termed the five-page letter as “evidences for BJP’s corruption, nepotism and irregularities” in the state. “We had been saying this since day one and their own party ministers are repeating now,” the former Karnataka CM added.

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